- Of the 55 players to win the Super Bowl MVP award, 31 have been quarterbacks and just one has been on the losing team; as a result, Matthew Stafford holds the best odds to win the award.
- Close behind Stafford is Bengals’ quarterback Joe Burrow, Rams’ wide receiver Cooper Kupp, Rams’ defensive end Aaron Donald, and Bengals’ wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.
LAS VEGAS – With Super Bowl LVI between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams just days away, bettors are gearing up for the most important sports betting day of the year.
One of the most popular ways to bet on the Super Bowl is to bet on the MVP of the game. This year, there are several potential award winners with valuable Super Bowl MVP betting odds.
Quarterbacks Holding Shortest Odds
Taking a look at the odds for betting on the Super Bowl LVI MVP, bettors should not be surprised to see the two teams’ quarterbacks, Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow, with the shortest odds.
Matthew Stafford, quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, currently holds the shortest odds to win this year’s Super Bowl MVP at (+125).
The four-point favorite Rams currently sit with (-185) moneyline odds to win the Super Bowl, and only one player has ever won the Super Bowl MVP on the losing team (OLB Chuck Howleyin 1971).
Moreover, quarterbacks have traditionally held an edge when it comes to winning the Super Bowl MVP. Out of the 55 winners of the award, 31 have been quarterbacks.
In his three playoff games this year, Stafford has thrown six touchdowns and just one interception, completing 72 of his 100 passes while racking up 905 yards through the air.
The Bengals have been marginal against the pass on the season, allowing the third-most completions and fifth-most passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks, setting up a potentially big day for the signal-caller.
The next-shortest odds to win the coveted award belong to the starting quarterback on the other side of the field, Joe Burrow (+235). After finishing the regular season by throwing 11 consecutive touchdowns and zero interceptions, Burrow has not been able to maintain that level of performance in the playoffs.
While he has not been able to continue his otherworldly performances that he flashed at the end of the regular season, he has been more than competent in the playoffs.
In his three playoff games this season, Burrow managed four passing touchdowns compared to two interceptions, completing 75 of his 109 pass attempts for 842 passing yards.
While his touchdown to interception ratio is relatively mediocre, he has done a fantastic job of spreading the ball around to his playmakers and keeping drives alive.
Burrow has also shown his ability to put up incredibly impressive stat lines, making his (+235) odds to win the Super Bowl MVP even more enticing.
Bear in mind, however, that a bet on Burrow is essentially a bet on the Bengals since only one player has ever won the Super Bowl MVP from the losing side.
Cooper Kupp Holds Best Non-QB Odds
While quarterbacks tend to have an advantage in Super Bowl MVP voting, other positions have won 24 of the 55 awards.
Notably, wide receivers have received the award seven times, tied with running backs as the most-represented non-quarterback position among Super Bowl MVP award recipients
The non-quarterback with the best Super Bowl MVP odds this season is Los Angeles’ top pass-catcher, Cooper Kupp (+600).
Kupp has had an unbelievable season, racking up 1,947 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns in what was arguably the best single-season for any wide receiver in the history of the NFL.
Heading into the Super Bowl, Kupp has recorded at least one receiving touchdown in eight of his last nine games, including five straight games.
In his three playoff games this season, Kupp racked up an impressive 25 receptions on 32 targets for 386 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Kupp has averaged 8.3 receptions for 128.7 yards and 1.3 touchdowns in his three playoff games this season.
While it makes sense for Kupp to have the shortest odds of any non-quarterback considering his historic season, it would take an absolutely enormous performance from Kupp for him to overshadow Stafford, who will have been directly involved in Kupp’s performance.
Two More Non-QBs With Valuable Super Bowl MVP Odds
Los Angeles’ star defensive end and eight-time Pro-Bowler, Aaron Donald sees (+1000) odds to win Super Bowl MVP. Only two defensive ends have won the Super Bowl MVP, with the most recent being the Chicago Bears’ Richard Dent in 1986.
Donald has been dominant this season, racking up 12.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and 38 solo tackles. In order for Donald to have a chance at the award, however, the Super Bowl would likely have to be an incredibly low-scoring affair (the points total currently sits at 48.5 points) with few (if any) standout offensive performers.
Donald would also likely have to make a game-changing play – an impressive stat line will likely not be enough to win the pass-rusher his first Super Bowl MVP.
The final non-quarterback with relatively short odds to win the Super Bowl MVP is the Bengals’ top offensive weapon, rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (+1400).
In his three playoff appearances, Chase has racked up 20 receptions on 27 targets for 279 yards and one touchdown.
As Burrow’s preferred weapon, Chase is likely to enjoy a healthy target share in the Super Bowl; moreover, Los Angeles has been middling against the pass on the season, allowing the third-most receptions and eighth-most receiving yards per game to opposing wide receivers.
While Chase certainly has potential for a huge Super Bowl performance, betting on Chase to win the Super Bowl MVP award comes with the same caveat as Kupp.
While this is somewhat discouraging, his (+1400) odds on legal sports betting sites to win the award are long enough to warrant a longshot wager.
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